So how does it work?
WHERE IT ALL BEGINS
Before anything else, we need to understand two things. You and your site.
Our process begins with a visit to meet you and discuss what is around us, but also try to explore any opportunities and constraints that your site has. Whether it be its orientation to the sun path, the slope of the land, importance to nature or even its historic use, every site is different, and understanding these characteristics and the individuality of a site is the first step towards a successful project.
WHAT, WHERE & WHY?
So we have walked the site, whether it be an open field, an old hay barn or even your living room. Now we need to establish what it is exactly you are looking to achieve, where it will be, but also to ask why. There is usually more than one solution to any given problem.
Your brief could be as simple as 'a kitchen extension', or 'an extra bedroom above the garage'. It could even be for a bespoke new home, but either way, your brief forms the bedrock for the project going forward.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
By now, we know a lot more about you, your site and your requirements. From this, we will put together a formal proposal letter for you, uniquely tailored to your project. This will break down the various stages of the design, and provide a 'roadmap' for the process ahead.
Our fees are calculated on a bespoke basis, and are reflective of your brief, your site, our time and our experience.
THE PLANNING STAGE
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
Upon acceptance of our proposal letter, we will start to draw up a set of proposed plans and elevations, geared towards achieving planning permission as necessary. We can also handle the application process with the relevant local authority, and also advise on any third party surveys and/or reports which will be needed for the application.
This is very much an iterative process, where we work with you as much as possible to achieve a design that you wish to take forward.
THE TECHNICAL STAGE
DOWN TO DETAILS
This is where we take the approved set of drawings and develop them further, adding layers of additional detail and information, geared towards obtaining building regulations approval and furthermore, to provide the required information your contractor will need to construct your project.
The degree of detailing and specification at this stage will largely depend on the complexity and size of your project, and this information is conveyed predominantly via additional drawings such as cross-sections and sub-details, but also via a written construction specification.
THE CONSTRUCTION STAGE
FROM PAPER TO BRICKS
We pride ourselves on our long-standing relationships with local contractors and small developers.
We are able to assist with any queries which may arise during construction, and we believe in a positive, proactive and responsive approach throughout all of our projects.